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Children With Medical Handicaps Program

How is a child enrolled in the CMH program?

The child’s CMH-approved doctor sends a Medical Application Form to CMH. Public health nurses can start the application process by referring families to CMH-approved doctors.


The parent or legal guardian (or client, if 18 years of age or older) must sign the release of information and consent on the application form before CMH can act on the application.

Some of the eligible conditions are:

  • AIDS

  • Hearing loss

  • Cancer

  • Hemophilia

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Juvenile arthritis

  • Chronic lung disease

  • Metabolic disorder

  • Cleft lip/palate

  • Scoliosis

  • Congenital heart disease

  • Severe vision disorders

  • Cystic fibrosis

  • Sickle cell disease

  • Diabetes

  • Spina bifida


General CMH Information Brochure

Public Health Nurse Services brochure

Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities

Family Handbook for Children with Special Needs

Informational Sheets

HIPAA-notice of privacy practices

Medicaid Guidelines

Steps to Meet Your Cost Share

What are special health care needs?

Special health care needs may be caused by a condition a child is born with or develops later in life.

How can CMH help?

CMH has 3 programs to help children with special health care needs:

  • Diagnostic Program

  • Treatment Program

  • Service Coordination

All services must be given by CMH-approved providers.

What children and conditions are eligible for CMH?

Those who are:

  • Age 0-21

  • Permanent residents of Ohio

  • Under the care of a CMH-approved doctor and who have or may have a chronic medical condition


There is no cost to participate in the CMH program.

Financial eligibility is required for the

Treatment Program only.


Financial Application to apply for Ohio CMH

Release of Information and Consent- for 18 yrs. and older

Request to Change Managing Physicians

Medical Application Form (MAF)

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